Ok, so maybe you are bored with this whole theme of my house repairs. But really, as expensive as it is, I feel like I need to say a lot more about it. We got a tremendous amount of work done yesterday. By “we” I mean the workers, though I was exhausted at the end of the day from “supervising” them. They got the piers installed and raised the house to close the cracks. It is also guaranteed not to move again. I am pretty sure it is stable now. As they were driving the piers into the ground, they quickly hit solid rock underneath. You see, the piers are 2 inch (I guess) solid hardened steel bars. They have a huge drill attachment for a backhoe they use to twist them down into the ground. So, they started turning the screws and they stopped when they started to corkscrew the piers. Holy cow! They twisted huge steel rods! Anyhow, they said when the piers start to corkscrew, they know they hit solid rock and they stop turning.
Once driven, they add additional hardware to the piers and use a pump and special jacks to apply 3000 psi to the piers. That, of course, lifts the house. Once lifted, they tighten the hardware and we’re done!It was very impressive and I’d say the workers earned every penny they made.
While the piers were being installed, another group was around back digging a huge ditch to install water proofing and gravel to help it drain. Before the drain, water seeped into the basement during rain storms. That’s really not a pleasant thing so we decided to get it fixed. The backhoe operator dug down to the footer which was 7 feet below grade. Another poor fella named “Tiny” (I kid you not) had to crawl down in the ditch and make sure everything went smoothly. So the ditch is 30-40 feet long as it crosses the back of the house and continues to the front of the house. It’s a massive hole and has left a tremendous amount of dirt all over in my yard. The really awesome thing about it is that we won’t have to mow until next spring!
At the end of the day as they were completing the ditch, the backhoe operator hit the water line going into my house. In fact, he yanked it plum out of the wall of my house. It was very impressive. Luckily, we know a really excellent plumber so he had us wet again in an hour.
Things continue today so we’ll see what happens next. Still, the guys from United Structural Systems seem to be doing a bang-up job!